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3 Signs You May Need Gynecomastia Surgery for Enlarged Male Breasts


Posted August 13, 2022 in Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia surgery offers men with excessive breast tissue a more masculine body contour. A sculpted chest may improve your self-esteem and eliminate painful symptoms caused by the condition. Dr. Scott Green is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers male breast reduction for gynecomastia in Sacramento.

Gynecomastia leads to excessive breast (glandular) tissue in boys or men and is typically caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. The medical condition may affect one or both breasts and worsen with weight gain. Certain medications and genetic factors may also lead to gynecomastia.

Male breast reduction for gynecomastia may involve the surgical excision of excess breast tissue and skin and nipple repositioning to achieve the ideal chest contour. Gynecomastia surgery sometimes only requires liposuction if the patient has good skin elasticity and fatty tissue is the root of the issue, not glandular tissue.

You may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery if you experience these issues:

1.    Diet and Exercise Don’t Improve Chest Appearance

Gynecomastia is typically caused by the excessive growth of glandular tissue. However, pseudogynecomastia is caused by increased fatty tissue in the breasts and responds well to diet and exercise. It’s often best to try these traditional means first to improve your chest and body contour. While diet and exercise can’t reduce glandular tissue, reaching your goal weight and toning chest muscles will improve overall results for the best body contour after gynecomastia surgery.

2.    Enlarged Male Breasts Cause Emotional Distress

Many boys and older men are embarrassed by their chests due to gynecomastia and may feel uncomfortable removing their shirts to go swimming or play a sport. Gynecomastia can have a negative impact on self-confidence and mental health, but male breast reduction can eliminate the emotional distress caused by the condition.

3.    Excess Breast Tissue Leads to Physical Pain

Gynecomastia affects more than your confidence in your body; the excess tissue may cause breast pain and swelling. Breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity may occur and could worsen when wearing certain types of clothing, such as nipples rubbing against the cotton of a T-shirt. Some men may have nipple discharge from one or both breasts. These painful symptoms are eliminated with gynecomastia surgery.

Dr. Green is an experienced plastic surgeon who uses the latest technology and surgical techniques to deliver your desired results. He has been published and celebrated for his clinical scientific work in leading plastic surgery journals and helped countless patients reach their cosmetic goals with breast and body procedures.

If you have gynecomastia that hasn’t responded to diet and exercise, contact Dr. Scott Green in Sacramento to discuss male breast reduction. Schedule a one-on-one consultation by calling our Sacramento office at (916) 929-1833 or our Granite Bay office at (916) 773-5590. Or, fill out our online contact form.